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Arlon Benjamin

Arlon Benjamin was a self-made man. No-one could scratch that from the record. He made his money in recycling, one of the first to spot the gap. It was a simple idea; right place, right time. The city did his marketing for him, with its summer smogs and its streets clogged with drifting dunes of garbage.

He grew up in an orphanage. Everything was temporary. He would make friends there, and they'd get older, be taken away to new homes. The feeling of helplessness was like a stone in his gut. He wondered what happened to the kids he had known. Mostly he wondered what would happen to him. For the lack of a compelling present, he started inventing futures for himself. In his fantasies, garish collages pasted up from TV images and tatty magazines, he was a successful man.

On his sixteenth birthday they cast him out into the world. Brady's populist welfare cuts had excluded precisely his kind. He had no money, and no place to go, ended up sleeping rough, wandering from district to district looking for dry shelter, begging for food. And he wasn't alone; he found he had become part of a shambling community of homeless and misfits who were abandoned by the system, just as he had been. It was during these dog days that he learned how society treated the ones who didn't fit. He also learned about the things that people throw away.

He started collecting, pulling back deposits from glass bottles, turning tin cans into nickels and dimes. Pretty soon, he was scaling up, starting his own operation. He turned nothing into something, and the more nothing he could get, the more something he could make. By the time he opened his first plant, out in Red Hill, courtesy of a grant from the municipal office, he was pulling in a whole lot of nothing. Within 10 years, his company, Green Planet, had set up in the Dempler, listed on the exchange. They introduced progressive labour policies, set up training programs for the underprivileged. They went global. It was simple; everywhere you went, people produced junk; with the goodwill of governments and citizens, Green Planet ate it all up.

In the big league, that kind of business wasn't making any friends. Up in the Needles, it was sell, sell, sell. No-one wanted to know about ways to rein in consumption, they were hostile to notions of environmental protection, labour rights, anything that could hit on short-term yields. He hated these men he saw stalking the corporate corridors, young bucks, born into money; he hated their arrogance, their sense of entitlement. The antipathy was mutual. He'd already made his pile; they couldn't touch him like that. But they cut him out, cut him off; the media, the political channels, the novelty gone and the status quo re-established, one by one his connections cooled, dried up, blew away.

He was outraged when a self-appointed council of corporate representatives hired in their own special forces troops; it signalled to him a break in something, a weirdness. Society was changing, he could see that. The old order didn't apply anymore. The corporations were setting themselves up as states within states, beyond the rule of law. But they weren't the law, they were acting out an orgy of self-interest, and the authorities were just retreating, ceding power to the new rulers of the world.

One long September night, at the opening of a new Whistler exhibition in ParKunst, Benjamin had a conversation that would change the course of his life. He met a man there; tall, earnest, with a vision. The man was talking wild, about the imbalance of wealth, rapacious capitalism, the powershifts underpinning the corporate dominance. There was a solution; it sounded far-fetched, but it had already started. He wanted to destabilize the whole corporate-military complex, break open the cartels, turn the businesses on each other instead of on the people. He wanted to shock the elected representatives into a rational response.

Benjamin was intrigued, it hit on his instincts, and there was more. The man told him about the kids on the streets already trying to change things. Kids like the G-Kings, a bunch of street punks from out of Gresty who were young and hard and ready to fight for a new future, out of the shadow of poverty and corporate hegemony, a future that was about the people.

Benjamin was seduced by this strange man with his wild eyes. He liked that map of the future. He had money, what the hell? Sure, keep talking Mister, sorry, what was your name again? Yeah, carry on, Mr.Waskawi.

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STANDING & REWARDS

Standing required: 0

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Standing required: 17,850

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Sungnyemun Moirai S-23 Vehicles $225,000 85

Standing required: 18,900

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Balkan Varzuga 353 E Vehicles $35,000 85
Colby PMG 28: TROJAN X-IV Weapons $22,426 85

Standing required: 18,900

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Fresno 84 "Hot Lizard" Vehicles $20,000 85

Standing required: 18,900

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Explosives 3 Modifications $60,000 85
Balkan Ravan 203 E Vehicles $35,000 85

Standing required: 19,950

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Seiyo Espacio Custom V2 Vehicles $200,000 30
OSMAW Weapons $16,500 85

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Vegas G20-04 "Red King" Vehicles $30,000 85

Standing required: 19,950

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Armored Engine 3 Modifications $60,000 85
Dolton Broadwing D 310 Vehicles $135,000 85
JG-844: Firecracker EX-III Weapons $22,950 85

Standing required: 21,000

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Mikro JC14 "Revolt" Vehicles $30,000 85
Nulander Kurai NKA-53 Vehicles $225,000 85

Standing required: 21,000

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Chassis Strengthening 3 Modifications $60,000 85
Packer Ceresco R30 Vehicles $135,000 85
Obeya CR762.4 "Artic Blaze Mk-IV" Weapons $23,364 85

Standing required: 22,050

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Rapier XR4 "Hazard TT" Vehicles $30,000 85

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Patriot T-25 730 Vehicles $225,000 85
N-HVR 762d "Akula V4" Weapons $24,676 85

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SHAW 556 IV "Bear" Weapons $24,750 85

Standing required: 23,100

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Standing required: 23,100

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MechDemon Vanguard Earpiece Clothing $675 0
MechDemon Zoosh Thigh Sheath Clothing $175 0
MechDemon Ninjette "BodyCenter" Holster Clothing $275 0
MechDemon Ceinture Ravanelle Clothing $99 0
MechDemon Scimitaskull Belt Clothing $29 0
MechDemon Mask Clothing $150 0
MechDemon BluChek Kolorblindz Clothing $225 0
MechDemon X-Shado BluChek Glove (R) Clothing $25 0
MechDemon X-Shado BluChek Glove (L) Clothing $25 0
MechDemon New Cross Loyalty Band Clothing $25 0
MechDemon PG Brow Barbell (R) Clothing $17 0
MechDemon Chek Me Out Bands Clothing $15 0
MechDemon X-Kittah Armband Clothing $15 0
MechDemon PG Long Chain Clothing $25 0
MechDemon PG Medium Chain Clothing $25 0
MechDemon PG Short Chain Clothing $25 0
MechDemon PG Claw Stretcher (R) Clothing $25 0
MechDemon Turtleneck Clothing $225 0
MechDemon "Urban Forest" Combats Clothing $125 0
NCSP Streetgrind Scarf Mask Clothing $175 0
NCSP MechDemon Shoulder Holster Clothing $375 0
NCSP Free G Earpiece Clothing $15 0
NCSP Backup Bullet Belt Clothing $75 0
NCSP Platinum Stud Belt Clothing $15 0
NCSP "Dazzle the Slopes" Sunglasses Clothing $75 0
NCSP G Boots Clothing $225 0
NCSP X-Shado Driving Glove (R) Clothing $125 0
NCSP Platinum Studs (Brow) Clothing $15 0
NCSP Platinum Hoop (L) Clothing $40 0
NCSP Platinum Hoop (R) Clothing $40 0
NCSP X-Toryan Bracelets Clothing $20 0
NCSP Platinum Studs (Scalp) Clothing $17 0
NCSP Blood Diamond Ring Clothing $20 0
NCSP Zone Wristband (R) Clothing $17 0
NCSP Tank Clothing $50 0
NCSP Boardhawk Geenz Clothing $175 0
NCSP BluFrog Boxers Clothing $55 0
Nitro Booster 3 Modifications $60,000 85
Octo Pretty Symbols $0 0
New Cross Gorilla Symbols $0 0
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New Cross Gorilla Unlocks $0 0
G-Kings Unlocks $0 0
Bishada Rapier Sport S2 Vehicles $200,000 30
N-TEC 5d "Kasatka V4" Weapons $22,650 85
Level Activity
15

The G-Kings are expanding. We're looking for brave men and women to take the lead in our community. We need people that are valuable to both the organization and to individual operations. Become MVP once and we'll see if you're a leader.

Be MVP Once.

15

It's just business. Go out, kill 15 Enforcers in a streak for a reward. It's nothing personal.

Reach a Kill Streak of 15.

15

Probably the best way to become famous is by being good at something - the easiest way is with a sextape and I don't think you're cut out for that. Earn MVP 3 times in a streak and you'll get on the Effigy front cover.

Get MVP 3 in a row.

15

I need someone to show the naysayers that we're capable of winning and capable of doing it repeatedly. Win 5 missions in a row to give me some ammo in the board room and help me shut them up.

Win 5 missions in a row.

15

For all my talk of being a businessman there's always one thing that it comes back to: the bread and butter of putting people on the ground. Hit a kill streak of 5.

Achieve a Kill Streak of 5.

Missions
DR. BORIOUS'S SNAKE OIL
NOT IN MY BACKYARD
REPO RACERS
GUN RUN GANG
DIRT ON THE DEPARTMENT
JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED
EXEC EXPRESS
BOX-LOCK AND .52 BARREL
PIMP MY CRIB
SEA MIST
THE HOBBY HOODS
A TAX ATTACK
CREME DE LA CRIME
MAKING A RACKET
FAMILY FUN DAY
STEREO TYPES
GOODY GUNDROPS
MAH-JONG MONEY
ELECTRICAL FAULT
DIRTY WHITE COLLARS
SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY
WHAT GOES AROUND...
SEEK AND DESTROY
ANTISOCIAL NETWORKING
THE CUCKOLD STRIKES BACK
BUTTON MASHERS
UP THE ARSENAL
LET US SPRAY
I AM NOT A CROOK
TASTYBURGER BANDIT
EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY
BAD INVESTMENT
DON'T DRINK THE WATER
ONLY A GAME
SHOCK FOR THE JOCK
A DISH BEST SERVED COLD
THE BIG SCOOP
THAT TV'S BIGGER THAN MY HOUSE
RUSSIAN REGRETS
OPAL ROUTES
OPEN AND SHUT CASE
2,4,6-TRINITROTOLUENE
THE WAGES OF SIN
Subject
Biography: Benkz Mhuller

Benkz Mhuller (Benkz Mhuller Truck and Bus Corporation)

Benkz Mhuller is a subsidiary of Verlaesslich Auto, a German car manufacturer. It fabricates trucks and busses from its headquarters in Berlin. Started by Johans Mhuller in 1934, his family business - Mhuller Casting - was originally devoted to creating finely engineered automotive components, but was forced to merge with Benkz Heavy Industries in 1937 after Johanns was killed in a motorcycle accident. The company was later incorporated as Benkz Mhuller Heavy Industries Corp in 1938. During the war, Benkz Mhuller manufactured trucks, aeroplanes and tank engines for the German war effort, until its production facilities were captured by American forces and partially dismantled during Russian occupation. In 1947, the company was renamed the Benkz Mhuller Truck and Bus Corporation, and took a central role in rebuilding the public transport infrastructure of post-war West Germany. In 2007 the San Paro Financial Times revealed Benkz Mhuller was in the closing stages of a deal with SPMC Transport to replace their aging bus fleet, though irregularities in the tendering process led to the deal collapsing

Media: Spin

San Paro i-Net. The city's largest ISP, and, according to various global media and entertainment conglomerates, one of the world's biggest safe havens for hacker clans, cyber-piracy and illegal fire-sharing. The conglomerates bring lawsuit after lawsuit against the company. SPiN and their lawyers just tell them where to shove it and keep them tied up for years with San Paro's byzantine legal system and generous laws concerning copyright protection. San Paroites are perversely proud of the company's ISP global bad boy status, and faithfully log on in their millions to it every day. The company's animated logo of a spinning 'i' icon is an everyday sight on computer screens throughout the city. As is the most common unofficial version of it, where the spinning letter is transformed into a defiantly-upraised revolving middle finger, offering an alternative take on the company's famous "Wanna take a spin, San Paro?" ad phrase.

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Level Subject
2 BLOG UPDATE NOTIFICATION - Arlon Benjamin

All this could have been avoided, you realize? I took my ideas to them - to the banks, the politicians, the Havalynd corporation CEOs, about how we could help San Paro - and they laughed at me and then froze me out.

They couldn't be part of the solution. They would always be part of the problem.

I realized that money and influence alone wouldn't bring about change. Force would have to be added into the equation.

Which brings us to where we are now. But, I promise, change IS coming.

All the best,

Arlon Benjamin

6 Arlon Benjamin - MEMO

Does it bother you? Taking lives? Stealing property? Destroying things that some people have worked so hard to build?

I hope so. Otherwise you'd just be another violent thug, in this only for personal wealth and gratification. The city has enough of those, and I've always intended the G-Kings to be about so much more.

We stand for something. Our opponents - CSA as well as other gangs - stand for nothing. That's the difference.

The end does justify the means, as long as that end is for something worth fighting for.

Sincerely,

Arlon Benjamin

9 From the desk of Arlon Benjamin.

Welcome aboard. I've been hearing about you for a while, so it's good to finally be working with you.

Corny, maybe, but I like to think of this organization as a family, and not just because my children are part of it. I've lived in this city all my life. It's made me everything I am. I just want to make sure that, when the time comes, I've been able to make it a better place than it was before.

That's not too much to ask, is it?

Sincerely,

Arlon Benjamin

12 From Arlon Benjamin - CONFIDENTIAL

Luke Waskawi? Yes, I've met him. Believe me, he's hardly the demon prince figure the media and Derren's CSA propaganda machine make him out to be.

Does he scare people? Of course. People are frightened of change, of radical solutions to otherwise insurmountable problems. To those in power - to those who control what their fellow citizens think, see, hear, do - I imagine he must be truly terrifying.

But don't believe the enemy's lies. Luke Waskawi is the single greatest hope the people of San Paro have left.

Regards,

Arlon

15 Secure message

I started this thing, but I'm aware I may not be around see it finished. That's why I need your help.

I have two children. One arrogant, the other weak. I've given them both responsibilities, in the hope that they'll overcome these flaws. Whichever one succeeds me, I want you to be there to help them finish what we've started.

And then there's Grayson. He has his uses, but if anything happens to me, I need you to take care of him in a way that ensures he won't be a threat to everything we've achieved.

I'm trusting you with a great deal here - possibly the future of the G-Kings themselves - but I think I know enough about you to know you won't let me down.

Most sincerely.

Arlon